City Paint 1 – 5 Monkeys Bar

I stumbled across this little bit of building art a couple of weeks ago.  It got me to thinking about all of the building and street art that I have noticed in our city over the past several months.  I’ve seen tagging and “normal” graffiti in other cities where I’ve lived, but the Salt Lake area has offered something new (to me, anyway), in that various businesses adorn their outer and street-facing walls with murals and tag-like art-work as advertising.  Having seen many examples of this particular art-form, I thought it might be interesting to share a little series of my findings.

My daily commute to work, my lunch-time wanderings near my down-town work location, and my Saturday morning explorations have become intentional scouting trips since my first serendipitous discovery of this unique building art on the back-side of the 5-Monkeys Bar in Murray, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.


28 responses

  1. Lois Farley Shuford

    These are amazing.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

    • Thank you, Lois. 🙂

      March 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

  2. You’d love Richmond, Virginia. Many of the old buildings are adorned with ‘graffiti’ signs, marking the establishments, and simple murals, offering color to break the monotony. I love the murals you’ve presented here.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    • I do think I would love Richmond, Marcy…aside from the murals, I’ll be it’s beautiful at this time of year…coming spring. Thank you for your nice words.

      March 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  3. Amazing what you can find. There is a lot of talent in these paintings.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:41 am

    • It is amazing, Fergiemoto…and I agree, lots of talent in these.

      March 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  4. J.B. O'Shea

    Very cool. I have an acquaintance who does street art, and he has been arrested and ticketed too many times to count. Seeing businesses embracing it is great – it does draw attention, and what a lot of these people can do with spray paint is incredible.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

    • Thank you, James. I’m sure the arrests and tickets got really old for your friend. Maybe he could contract with businesses like this and make it profitable…for him and the businesses.

      March 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

  5. Fascinating images. Thanks for posting Scott 🙂

    March 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook…and you’re welcome. 🙂

      March 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  6. Fun post!

    March 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    • I thought it was fun, too, Karen…thank you. 🙂

      March 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  7. I wish more cities would follow this lead! You have paid the artists a compliment, your photos are stunning.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    • It would be amazing, if they did…very welcoming for new art. Thank you, Bonnie. 🙂

      March 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  8. These are superb murals, wall paintings, whatever is the right word for them. I love this kind of work. The talent of the Artists is remarkable.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    • I agree, Andy…very nice work.

      March 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  9. I love this unfettered style which I associate with graffiti (not in a negative way). It strikes me as being so exuberant. Nice to see it seeping into the mainstream.

    We have murals on some of our buildings here, but they’re staid and just a wee bit stodgy in comparison (though they cheer things up in their own way.)

    March 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    • There is certainly something of the free-spirit with this work, Gunta…very unfettered…and exuberant. I wonder what you’d find if you went deeper into the city…wonder if there’d be things like this. I found an incredible alley-way/parking area place just crammed full of work like this…very bright. Will be sharing it soon. 🙂

      March 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      • Looking forward to seeing more! Only thing I’ve seen of graffiti art out here in the boonies is on the trains rolling through. 🙂

        March 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        • I’m glad you liked them, Gunta…I will have at least five more posts in the series…maybe more. I have seen some rather decorated trains, too….

          March 29, 2012 at 6:35 am

  10. Better than a dirty grey wall! (Although I have to admit to being a bit of a “Banksy” fan!!

    March 29, 2012 at 3:41 am

    • Thank you, Dreams and zeros…and I have seen a bit about Bansky on some street-art blogs from the UK.

      March 29, 2012 at 6:37 am

  11. I used to draw and paint and I’m amazed by anyone’s ability to do murals like these with a few cans of spray paint. I think they’re excellent, and know they can’t be easy.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

    • No, Allen, I can’t imagine that they would be easy to draw on such a scale. I think they’re excellent, too.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:08 am

  12. Picasso in the street. Wow.

    April 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    • Yes, indeed, Ginny…and I agree…wow. 🙂

      April 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  13. Nut Balls

    It really is quite odd just how much of that there is out here. Rather incredible, really 🙂

    April 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    • Yeah, I’m kinda liking it, Nate…Saturday morning excursions looking for more of it…I hope it doesn’t run out. 🙂

      April 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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